NFL Super Bowl and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

NFL Super Bowl and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

The Super Bowl is more than just an annual sports spectacle, it’s an economic motivator for cities that host the event.  Cities world wide vie for the chance to host the Olympics, despite knowing they could potentially lose money on hosting the event.  The NFL doesn’t work like the Olympics.  For one, the NFL operates almost entirely with the states, despite the Buffalo Bills Toronto Series and the annual game in London ( which has now been expanded to two games ).

Fortunately for the NFL, all they need is a city with decent transportation infrastructure and an arena suitable for hosting the biggest game of the year.  The first Super Bowl, hosted in LA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, drew the smallest attendance of all time with just 61,946 fans. With a capacity of just 61,000 fans, Soldier Field in Chicago is the only current NFL stadium that would have a lower attendance figure than Super Bowl I in LA.  Perhaps that is one reason why the NFL never chose Chicago to host a Super Bowl game.

Assuming that seating capacity is one piece of criteria used by the NFL to determine which Metropolitan Statistical Area, would it be safe to say that climate is also taken into consideration?  Since the first Super Bowl, there’s only been a handful of games played in cold weather regions.  One being the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minnesota, where the Buffalo Bills lost to the Washington Redskins, and another being the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.  Both of which hosted the big game inside a climate controlled dome.

No other city has hosted more Super Bowls than this year’s host city.  New Orleans has seen four AFC teams and four NFC teams win the championship.  The Dallas Cowboys are the only team to have won two Super Bowls in NOLA, but the San Francisco 49ers have a chance tomorrow to be the second NFC team to win two titles in the Big Easy.  If the Baltimore Ravens were able to pull out a victory tomorrow, then they would be able to even up the amount of times the AFC has won titles in New Orleans. As it stands now, the AFC has four wins and the NFC has five wins.

Though New Orleans metropolitan area has hosted the Super Bowl more than any other MSA, Florida holds the title for most Super Bowls hosted within a state.  Currently, Floridian MSA’s have hosted 15 Super Bowl games while Louisiana has only hosted 10.  The state of California comes in second for the amount of Super Bowls held within a given state, having hosted 11 games.

The Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area is unique in that they are the only city to host two back to back Super Bowls.  This is a fact that served me well at the Trivia Night’s Live Trivia Bowl this afternoon at Wolf’s 1-11 in Colonie.

Currently Florida has three NFL teams, as does California.  Between them, those states have hosted 26 Super Bowl games.  New York, a state that also has three NFL teams nominally speaking, has never hosted a Super Bowl and will not get the opportunity any time soon.  Though next year’s Super Bowl will be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is a Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area with New York City, known as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA CMSA, it is not technically located in New York.

It seems very unlikely that the NFL would ever choose my home MSA, Albany-Schenctady-Troy-Saratoga, to host a Super Bowl.

Which MSA do you wish the NFL would let host a Super Bowl?

Thanks a ton